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every year, being stronger means seeking help. and by helping to erase the stigma of therapy, skip rizzo is saving lives. and that's what earns him a spot on the next list. i'm dr. san gentlemjay gupta. hope to see you back here next saturday. hello, everyone. it's 3:00 p.m. on the east coast. noon out west. welcome to the cnn newsroom. here are the top stories that we're following for you this hour. firefighters who have been battling a raging wildfire are getting a much-needed break. the winds are dying down in california. we have an update from fire crews on their efforts today. and a huge case of teachers accused of cheating on standardized tests in atlanta. now a judge has lifted a gag order in the case, and two teachers talk to us exclusively.
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and "iron man 3" will likely be unstoppable at the box office this weekend. it's already earned a whopping $68.5 million since thursday night. we're tracking it. first, to afghanistan. five u.s. troops are dead after a roadside bomb exploded. the blast happened in kandahar province in southern afghanistan. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack. and today could make a turning point in a huge wildfire in southern california. winds are calming down, giving fire crews there the help they needed. take a look at this picture taken from space earlier this week. you can see all of the smoke coming off the california coast right there. flames got out of control fast thanks to the strong winds there. but now today, they are dying down. paul is live in newberry park. so paul, give us an update. still lots of smoldering behind you. but how threatening are these fires now?
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>> reporter: not as threatening. in fact, they have basically said to us that the fire is not growing. 28,000 acres burned, but if you look behind me, there's your indicator that things are on the positive side. all that smoke is extremely white, meaning it's not burning fuel. when that smoke is dark, you know it's burning up the country side. and you can look for a pretty wide expanse here. all along this line, we're seeing these smoldering spots, and a lot of firefighters around there ready to go ahead and douse these flames, or burning stumps or whatever crops up. but right now, no active flame here. you can probably hear it, they have a helicopter up. that can address any of the issues. right now it's going very well. we're going to get a live update. dan horton, if you can come in here. this is lieutenant with the ventura county fire department. we're hearing a four-letter word that people like -- rain. and the mere chance, 20%, very slight, that that portends good
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things for you. tell us about that. >> it certainly does. three days ago, we had the santa ana wind conditions, we had the hot, dry winds coming out of the northeast. it made the firefight extremely difficult for us. we're looking at favorable conditions now. we're getting the wind off the ocean now. that normal on shore flow that we usually get. there is a chance of rain on sunday. it's a 20% chance. it's pretty slight. but what that's going to do, it's going to help us and give us a leg up on the fire. it's going to make the conditions better for us. still a lot of work to be done. a lot of hard, manual labor that's going to need to happen out there. we have almost 1,900 firefighters on the ground right now. they're going to be working extremely hard the next couple days the try to get this fire contained. >> you talked about that difficult work. from what we saw on thursday when we were in the middle of the firestorm, your crews were extremely aggressive with backfires. explain that strategy to us. >> it's a tactic that we'll use. the situations have to be just right for us to do that.
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but it kind of allows us to fight the fire on our terms. so if we do have a fire that's burning toward homes or a road and we want to kind of stop that from coming down real quick, we can burn out that fuel and create a dispensable space and kind of eliminate the problem. again, it's kind of fighting fire on our terms. >> thank you so much for taking time out. probably the statistic that the firefighters here in ventura county are most proud of and the statistic the homeowners are so grateful for, they did not have any houses burn down. yes, 15 houses were damaged or scorched, but they didn't lose any homes in this fire. >> no total losses. that is good news. thanks so much. they call the kentucky derby the most exciting two minutes in sports. this year, it could make racing history. the race features a black jockey, a female, and a man who came out of retirement to race again at the age of 50. joe carter joins us live now from churchill downs.
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there's a lot of potential there. and all that despite the fact that you've got a wet track. >> oh, it is wet! you remember last year when we talked, i was here at the kentucky derby, it was hot, it was human, we were talking about the fashion. that's all gone away. people are hiding from the rain. they're bundled up because it's actually really cold here and it's been raining since about 8:00 eastern time. the track is very sloppy. we just saw a race not too long ago go off, and i can tell you that the jockeys and the horses are full of mud. they've had the tractors out here all day long grading this thing, trying to keep it in somewhat good condition. but this sport will go off in the rain. so we should see a race at 6:24-ish eastern time today. obviously there's severe weather in the area. they won't race at that time. but doesn't look like there's going to be any severe weather, just a lot of rain. >> wow. so as i look at the track behind you, i mean, i'm no expert, but just from my naked eye, i'm
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seeing puddles. and we're talking about these horses are still going to have to run this race. is there ever a point where it becomes too dangerous, where the mud is either too thick, the depth of that water is just too deep? >> you know, we've heard no. and that's because they do keep good conditions of the track in terms of the way they grade it. and the way that it was engineered. it's designed at a slight slope, so when it rains the rain will continuously run away from the track. when you talk about the dangers of that the horses face, obviously in these conditions, there's always going to be an element of danger, but no, there's not a big fear in any of the horses or jockeys being hurt because of the way they designed the track and these horses obviously are preparing themselves for making adjustments in the race. >> okay, very good. you taught me something there. i appreciate that. you knew the answer. >> reporter: this is what i'm
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here for. >> very good. have fun out there at the churchill downs. the other big story out of the derby is, of course, that enhanced security. no surprise, not after the boston bombings. race-goers will get screened by electronic wands and see more officers on patrol. here now is pamela brown. >> reporter: more than 160,000 people expected to turn out today here at churchill downs to watch the run for the roses. officials have been scrambling the past few weeks for the new security measures. after 9/11, security was tightened here for derby weekend, and now officials cracking down even more, banning coolers, dance and purses larger than a foot. there's increased wanding at the entrances. authorities are out in full force with 100 more here today. additional bomb sniffing dogs were brought in just for this weekend. this is the largest sporting event since boston, but it seems people aren't letting fear of
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another terrorist attack hold them back. we spoke to the president of churchill downs kevin flannery. he says the public is also playing a big role in keeping everyone safe here today. >> so the first thing you do after an event like that is you just get everybody back together and you say what's the plan? do we need to make any adjustments? and you make sure that you let everybody know that if you see something, say something. >> even with these new security measures in place, the lines are moving pretty quickly at the entrances here at churchill downs because authorities aren't having to spend the extra time searching big bags and coolers. one bit of frustration we're seeing out here amongst spectators is the fact that they can't bring umbrellas in. that's been a measure that's been in place here for several years. but so far, nothing's really dampening spirits out here today at churchill downs. >> all right, thanks so much, pam brown. new evidence surfaces in the boston bombing investigation. while a controversy over the burial of suspect tamerlan tsarnaev continues. that's straight ahead.
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and the lawyers are done talking. now jodi arias's fate is in the hand of the jury. the late fres the courthouse next. before copd...
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small apartment tamerlan tsarnaev shared with his wife and young child in cambridge, massachusetts. the source says residue turned up on the kitchen table, the kitchen sink and the bathtub. the man who owns the funeral home where tsarnaev's body is being held has released details on the suspect's death. he says the death certificate shows tsarnaev died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to the head and torso. meantime, finding a burial site for tsarnaev is proving to be rather difficult. brian todd has that. >> reporter: he's causing emotional turmoil even in death. tamerlan tsarnaev's body, finally claimed by his uncle and sisters, drew protesters to one funeral home and that home only had him for a few hours. >> send him back to russia. >> reporter: the director of the funeral home in worcester, massachusetts, which currently has the body, says he's had trouble finding a cemetery that will take tsarnaev's for burial. a family spokeswoman says the body won't be taken to russia, that he'll be buried somewhere
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in the general boston area. we went around boston and cambridge, asking people how they felt about that. >> it's too sad for words. it's too sad. he shouldn't be here. he should never have come. if he had never come, none of this would have happened. he had every advantage he could have here. he shouldn't be buried here. >> i don't really care where he's buried. to me, he's dead already, how much more can you punish him. to me, it's too petty. >> reporter: the issue of how to bury tsarnaev is also hugely controversial, especially within boston's muslim community. as the leaders here at the islamic society in boston mosque here in cambridge where the brothers sometimes prayed, they want nothing to do with the funeral. they're not involved with it and they no longer even want to talk about it. as one official told me, they understand the tsarnaev family's pain, but they're utterly devastated by this entire
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experience. >> the prophet of islam is the prophet of mercy. >> reporter: at the midday prayers, i asked this iman why so many top imams won't preside over tamerlan tsarnaev's funeral. >> addressing his concerns over the concerns over the entire commonwealth of massachusetts, it just doesn't balance out. so we don't touch it to be respective in regard for all the sentiments that are out there. >> reporter: so in place of traditional burial with an imam, he says he would advise the family to have a relative or another layperson preside. do it privately with the traditional rights of washing the body, shrouding it, praying, placing him in the ground. do you think he should be buried in massachusetts, or in the united states even? >> you know, i don't know what his nation status is. but if he's not from here, i think he probably should go back to his nation to be buried.
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but that's not up to me. >> reporter: aside from the questions of how and where tamerlan tsarnaev is buried, there's also a continuing question of when. the family spokesperson says relatives won't bury him until an independent autopsy is conducted. 12 of the 264 people injured in the boston terror attack are still recovering at boston area hospitals. some good news from hospital officials, none of the patients remain in critical condition. in arizona, the lawyers are done talking, and now the jury is deciding whether or not jodi arias planned the killing of her ex-boyfriend travis alexander. when jurors return monday, they'll have a lot to go over, including more than 600 exhibi s s and arias's own testimony. >> reporter: jodi arias was the defense star witness, spending 18 days on the stand, trying to save herself from a possible conviction and death sentence.
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>> i really thought he had intentions to kill me. >> reporter: arias insists it was self-defense when she killed her boyfriend, travis alexander in june of 2008, saying he attacked her after she accidentally dropped his new camera, while she was taking these photos of him in the shower. >> he lifted me up as he was screaming that i was a stupid idiot, and he body slammed me again on the tile. >> you needed to go get that knife at that point, correct? >> reporter: despite days of grueling cross-examination -- >> you never told us he had a knife, did you? >> no, i wasn't asked. >> reporter: during the testimony, arias never seemed to deviate from her version of what happened, rattling off specific dates and details of her life. the one thing jodi arias claims she can't remember is the actual killing of travis alexander. >> do you have any memories of slashing mr. alexander's throat? >> no. >> reporter: some of the toughest questions came from jurors who were allowed to
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submit them to the judge. >> why is it that you have no memory of stabbing travis? >> i can't really explain why my mind did what it did. >> reporter: since her arrest more than four years ago, arias has told three different versions of what happened. first, claiming she wasn't even there. >> i wasn't there. >> you need to be honest with me, jodi. >> i was not at travis's house. >> reporter: after police confronted her with evidence proving she was there, arias told police she and alexander were victims of a home invasion robbery. >> after all the lies you have told, why should we believe you now? >> lying isn't typically something i just do. >> reporter: the defense case also featured the x rated details of arias's sex life. jurors saw nude photos and even saw a phone sex recording between her and alexander. >> you cannot say i don't work
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that booty. >> reporter: the defense used two expert witnesses. a psycho therapist said she believed that arias was a victim of aburks and the psychologist testified that the holes in arias's memory were likely ptsd. >> when i came out of the fog, i realized oh crap, something bad had happened. teachers accused of cheating on their students' standardized tests are finally getting a chance to tell their side of the story. wait until you hear their story. the first thing they said about the charges against them. "we are completely innocent." all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors will talk to stoplights about traffic efficiency.
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walmart. dozens of educators pled not guilty in connection with a cheating scandal that has gripped the atlanta public school system. teachers and administrators were in court yesterday. they are facing charges like racketeering, theft, and making false statements. that's after a state investigation said educators cheated on standardized tests, erasing wrong answers or pro s prompting students to give the right answer. yesterday the judge lifted the gag order in the case and two teachers told me exclusively their story for the first time since being indicted, i asked them what they think about the charges. >> i'm completely innocent. completely innocent. >> i am completely innocent of those charges that have been brought against me. >> so when some 34-people are
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accused, including the superintendent, of manipulating these standardized tests, meaning they were either helping some of the students to cheat allegedly, or perhaps pass some students when perhaps they needed a little bit more education, did you hear of any kind of conspiracy or any kind of corroborated effort such as that taking place within the school system before these charges came down? >> nothing as far as a conspiracy. around these charges. i do know that teaching did take place in atlanta public school systems every day. we did teach. we love the children. did anything that you could for those children to make sure they are successful in life. given the circumstances in which they face daily in the environment in which they come from. so as an educator, you did everything that you co-to make
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sure that these children could be successful in life. as far as conspireing to cheat in atlanta public school system, no. >> if their scores were low or if their reading wasn't proficient enough, to what extent would you or another teacher help beef up those test results or help them move on to the next level even if they weren't really proficient enough? would that happen? >> i can't go into and say what you do to beef up the test scores, but i would say as an educator, what you would do is put in extra time with those students after school, before school, during class sections, differentiating instructions. whatever it takes to help get that child to the next level. but as far as beefing up test scores, i have no knowledge. >> was there ever any discussion that there were teachers that were cheating on behalf of the students? >> i never heard it. i never heard it.
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>> so these accusations kind of came out of the blue? >> i don't know where. up in the clouds. >> when the two of you were both accused, what was your initial reaction? >> i was shocked. when i saw the indictment, i was very shocked to see my name in an indictment of such. i didn't expect it. and i must say since this indictment has been brought to us, it has caused a lot of sorrow. >> it's hard. i'm struggling. i'm still struggling. and to have to continue to fight to defend my name, my good teaching reputation that i once had, it seems like all of that has been stolen from me. >> have you been able to work? >> no, have not been able to work. >> not in the field of education. >> no. >> were there ever any raises or bonuses that either one of you received that you thought were
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associated with certain students excelling or being advanced to the next grade, or as a result of great test scores overall? >> i will tell you this. i'm not a paycheck teacher. i believe in teaching students. and my paycheck is to make sure that the student gets what they need. so i didn't look forward to no bonuses. it didn't matter if i got a bonus or not. my goal was to make sure that the students were taught. >> but did the bonuses happen? >> they happened, but everybody got bonuses. >> bonus money was given if you made your targets. but i've only received $3,000 in bonus money, and that was printed in the media, in the newspaper. it was a total of $3,000. from 2006 to 2010. that's not enough bonus money to make you commit such crimes as such as they have us alleged as
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committing. >> do you think this experience says something about standardized testing overall, that in your view, standardized testing is not good at all for udents? >> i'm not going to say it's not good at all. but i don't think it needs to be used as the sole indicator of what a child knows, because it's only one form of measurement. and it takes multiple measurements the truly measure the knowledge of a child. >> not just the standardized tests. >> absolutely. >> and these teachers are expected back in court may 16th. a dad who lost his son to leukemia has found a unique way to help hundreds of other kids win their fight against the disease. his group drives thousands of miles a year to get kids to their cancer treatment, and he is this week's cnn hero. >> it's paralyzing when you hear those words "your child has
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cancer." i know what those families are going through. it's extremely difficult. my son, he was diagnosed with cancer. it was such a horrifying time. we were fortunate, we had rides to the hospital. many families don't have that support. >> good morning. >> we found out that many of them were missing appointments. my name is richard. no child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. here we go. we give over 2,000 rides a year. our furthest cancer patient is 120 miles away. riding with emilio, we get them here in a nice, clean environment and on time. >> we live here. it's everyday treatment. we're going to fight. we're in this together. it's all i care right now, my
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daughter's life. >> when you're fighting for your child's life, nothing else matters. >> they pick us up in the morning and give us a ride back. their help is every step of the way. >> 70% of our families are spanish speaking. having a bilingual staff is extremely important. i feel like it's my obligation to help them navigate the system. someone that's been there. even though he's passed away almost 13 years, he's the main force of this, and i feel that i'm the right person to help. >> incredible. so to learn more about richard's work, or to nominate someone who is doing their part to make the world a better place, go to cnnheroes.com. new car! hey! [squeals] ♪
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take a look at some of the stories that are trending online. cnn was the first to report that u.s. officials believe israeli aircraft conducted an air strike in syria. u.s. and western intelligence agencies are reviewing classificlassify ed data. actress reese witherspoon's arrest video has gone viral. it shows her interfering with a georgia state trooper, who pulled her husband over for drunk driving. she later called her words and actions that night embarrassing. next hour, we'll talk to a pr person about whether her image has been harmed. and a solar powered airplane is traveling across the country without using a drop of fuel. it landed in phoenix this morning after takeoff from san francisco in the first flight of its journey. the solar impulse is considered the world's most advanced
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sun-powered plane. this week, anthony bourdain takes us to canada and shows us how to enjoy the food. >> there's no place like montreal. it is uniquely wonderful in its own way. they insist on speaking french. it doesn't get cold here. any visiting chef here crawls out of town bloated and begging for mercy. but they do things differently here. millions of people come and visit this place all the time, but it feels strangely unspoiled and unexploited. it's always a surprise. if anything truly original is happening right now, a food culture that's doing things in a completely unique and original way, that nobody else is doing. the chefs in montreal are really, really making a mark. but i suggest before you come
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colorado's voters may have legalized the use of recreational marijuana, but you won't be able to buy it in retail shops until next year. some users don't want to wait and they're already growing their own legally. jim spellman reports.
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>> reporter: chloe, a longtime marijuana advocate, voted along with 55% of colorado voters to legalize pot in last year's election. who's this? >> rudy. >> reporter: rudy had a little pot leaf collar. >> it's hemp. >> reporter: what do you like about smoking cannabis? >> i just like the way it makes me feel, as far as pain. >> did you like the blueberry? >> reporter: colorado is in a sort of holding pattern. state law allows possession of small amounts of marijuana and it's available in dispensaries for medical marijuana patients. but it won't be sold in retail stores until next year. it is, however, now legal to grow your own cannabis and that is exactly what chloe is doing. >> reporter: let's see your grow. >> okay. let's go. >> reporter: this is not a big apartment, you're still able to grow marijuana in here? >> yes. you have to make sure that you can control the smell. >> reporter: even here in your bedroom in this apartment, you grow marijuana? >> yes. i mean, this huge tent is full of 12 plants.
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>> reporter: let's have a look. wow. you're growing these 12 marijuana plants right here in your one-bedroom apartment in denver. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: chloe works as a consultant for the medical marijuana industry, and as a patient, chloe is allowed to grow up to 12 plants. non-patients can grow six. >> i'm definitely what i would call a cannabis connoisseur. so as a patient, and as somebody who enjoys the plant, i definitely know good cannabis, and grow some of the best cannabis. rpl flocking to the grow store where they help people maintain home marijuana grows. general manager ted smith says it's not just new growers, but a different kind of grower. what are the new demographics? >> we have a lot of married couples. we have a lot of 40 and up, 50 and up, and 60 and up individuals coming in. >> reporter: some enjoy growing
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as a hobby. some grow for the sake of discretion. everything happening in the privacy of their own homes. and others just want to grow the highest grade weed they can. >> today's culture, they want absolutely the finest quality product with the least of, you know, inconsistencies. >> reporter: for between $150 and five hold $500, they will s. it's illegal to grow cannabis outdoors in the view of others, so growers need a light source, ventilati ventilation, maybe an air filter, soil and nutrients for the soil. some of materials are the same used to grow more conventional plants, but some of them have a distinctly stoner vibe. so this product is called cushy cush. it's not exactly easy. >> i tell our customers if you're just getting into the fray, if you will, that they
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will be macgyver within six months, because you will have so many different hurdles that you never considered. >> reporter: chloe said her marijuana grow is worth it. she hopes her cannabis consulting business continue to grow and even when retail stores open, she says she'll keep growi growing and smoking her own grown weed. is it comforting to wake up in the morning to your marijuana plants? >> it's awesome. we go to bed together, we wake up together. >> now lawmakers are finessing legislation to help determine who can grow it, where it can be sold, and how it might be taxed. there's a whole lot of activity in the legislature to resolve all of this before the end of this legislative session, which is next week. assistant majority leader of the colorado house of representatives joins me now from denver. good to see you, representative. >> nice to be with you this
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afternoon. >> so you authored the bill 1317. what are the proposals to regulate growing and selling pot that you have crafted? >> well, we did three things when we crafted this proposal. we wanted to make sure that we protected the public safety and that we kept this out of the hands of kids, criminals, and cartels. so what does that mean? it means that these are going to be private businesses where you're going to have to show a 21 and up i.d. to enter. you're going to -- the product is going to be in child proof packaging with labeling and poet potency retirements. it's a very robust regulatory environment we're having to purchase this. >> so in january 2014, does it mean conceivably that someone can walk into a store where they might be able to find, you know, bubble gum or coffee and then
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there will be a designated area for pot as well? >> no. the stores that we're thinking about are only going to be allowed to sell marijuana-type products that can't be confused with marijuana. so this is going to be a very separate store. this isn't going to be a 7-eleven or something easily exposed to children. you're going to have to go into a private facility to purchase any type of quantity of product. >> okay. and then there's the issue of taxes. is about revenue for the state to enjoy as well from the sale of any kind of cannabis-based products, right? how will you determine the taxing, whether there will be state taxes, whether there will be excise taxes, what? >> well, in colorado, we have to ask the voters to leviy tax on any product. so we're going to take an
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initiative that asks them to give permission to levy an up to 15% excise tax and up to 15% special sales tax. this is going to be used to make sure that we have the law enforcement in place, the public safety protections we have in place, the education about this product to our children, those in middle school and high school who now may have some sense that this is now a legal product, and that they should be using this. that's simply not going to be the case. we're going to make sure they're educated about that. >> so well it might be a legal product in this state of colorado because you put it to the voters and the legislature is now crafting that legislation, marijuana, growing it is still illegal under federal law, so how do you see the two kind of coinciding? do you think this law that you're trying to craft will really ever make it to fruition? >> well, the feds have told us before under our medical
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marijuana dispensaries that they have certain guardrails they want in place. they want to make sure that these dispensaries are a thousand feet from a school or a church or anywhere that children can be. but we're going to be maintaining that as we move into the recreational area. we want to make sure that this doesn't cross interstate lines, that this product doesn't move to other parts of the country, and so that's why we are putting these robust regulatory measures in place because if that's not the case, we do expect federal involvement. >> okay. colorado representative dan pabon. thanks so much. i'm sure we'll be talking to you again as we get closer to that january 2014 date. >> it's been a pleasure to be with you today. >> all right, thanks for your time. perhaps you're thinking about the movies? well, what about "iron man 3"?
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and everything. you're that much of a big "iron man 3" fan. gray drake from rottentomatoes.com. there it is. and it works! something tells me you are a fan of "iron man 3." >> i know. i know it's hard for you to tell these things. i love the "iron man" movies. i think robert downey jr. was born to play these parts. and me personally, i felt a little jilted by "iron man 2." i wasn't a huge fan. even though on our tomato meter, it's still fresh. it's not fresh in my heart. >> that was the one with mickey rourke in it, right? i thought it was funky and fresh. >> those are two words i can use to describe it. we got a taste of rbj in "avengers." it was fantastic. so "iron man 3" is out in theaters now. and we're back to focusing on
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tony stark. and guess what. >> and you were happy? okay. this is a big old tony stark love fest. so you actually had a chance to sit down with some of the "iron stars including gwyneth paltrow. you asked her about putting on the famous iron man suit. >> it's no not so bad. the boys complained about the suit a lot. i was freaked out to put it on because everybody was dying in it and having post traumatic stress and meditating and like who knows what. i was like, oh, my god. i was like, this is nothing. >> you know what they don't have? abs like gwyneth paltrow. they can't hold up the suit like i can. >> oh, so modest. it can't be that bad. my little boy was iron man one halloween. he didn't complain about the way the suit felt. anyway, more about your
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interview with gwyneth paltrow. she's now, what, the most beautiful woman in the world according to the star magazines. >> yeah. i think it was "people". >> thank you very much. what else did she reveal? >> i support it completely. i walk in the room and i was nervous. she's an academy award winner. i didn't know how it was going to go. it's really obvious that everyone involved in this movie really likes it. she was so excited to talk about anything. i got away with a lot in the interview. she was more than happy to play. she talked trash about the guys. she also expressed a lot of affection for pepper potts, her character. >> she plays it well. she better like the character. >> exactly. i also confirmed my suspicions that gwyneth paltrow does smell like a rainbow. >> aw, isn't that fresh, nice and sweet? i'm sure she appreciates that. thanks for bringing that to us.
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now we'll all run to the theaters to check out "iron man 3". >> perfect. >> thanks. all right. a former drug addict turned yoga king. his inspiring story next. ♪ [ harrison ] is there anything you would not do for your family? punch it. ♪ [ male announcer ] back here on earth, your family is your crew. you would do everything in your power to protect them. that's why there's lifelock. and introducing lifelock junior. call 1-800-lifelock or visit lifelock.com/trek today and see star trek: into darkness, in theatres may 17th. rated pg-13. the recent increase in cafeteria prices is not cool. when you vote for flo, we'll have discounts. ice-cream discounts. multi-cookie discounts. pizza loyalty discounts!
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a former drug addict turns his life around and takes the advice of a rock star. s.a. sanjay gupta has the story. >> open your chests. >> reporter: he's been called the unlikely yoga king of l.a. vinnie morena, a recovering drug addict regularly fill it is room with die hard devotes of his
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unique style of yoga. >> i think what happens with my class and probably any class is a community is built around the class. >> reporter: vinnie's purpose-driven life wasn't always so grounded. >> i started stealing alcohol from my mother -- you know, from the bar in her tupperware containers. then i started sniffing glue and smoking pot. started doing pills. started doing psychedelics, ended up shooting cocaine and heroin. >> reporter: growing up in the 1970s in new york city, drugs were everywhere. marino said he couldn't get enough of the high life. >> it was a psychic thing but no matter how much i do i will come down. >> reporter: after saint in rehab and another nine months using he finally got clean and immersed himself in yoga. >> it physically felt great because my body and all of our bodies hold stress and yoga, like the poses and breathing opened me up.
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it just felt right. ♪ don't you want somebody to love ♪ >> reporter: he found more inspiration when a mutual friend introduced him to grace slick, lead singer of jefferson airplane and jefferson starship. >> grace always reminded me to do what you love. i was like, i don't know what to do. she said, teach yoga. i said, all right. the opposite for me was going to take a teacher training program. i was like, i don't have the money. she said, i'll pay for it. >> straight out in front of you. >> reporter: today he gets the same rush from yoga as he used to get from drugs. >> even the search with drugs is a search for connection and joy. yoga is a healthy way to get there. it's more work. you don't take something and, boom. you have to have a consistent practice. >> reporter: practicing proper posture, proper breathing helps bring focus and calm to the mind. namaste. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting.
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neurologist. she was poisoned with cyanide. hear what authorities are saying about clues in the case. actress reese witherspoon is apologizing for what unfolds in the arrest video that's gone viral now. is her brand damaged? we'll talk to an expert. history is on the line in today's kentucky derby. an african-american, a woman, and a man who came out of retirement to race at the age of 50 are all among the jockeys in a crowded field on a very wet track. all right. let's begin with the big race known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. this year, it will also be one of the safest races ever with extra security added because of the boston bombings. nothing can overshadow the run for the roses. here is joe carter in louisville, kentucky. as the rain continues to fall in louisville, the big story has got to be the condition of the track. we have had rain sins since 8:00
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a.m. eastern time. it continues to fall as we go closer to race time making the track very wet, very sloppy and making the conditions difficult for the jockey and the horse. we do have 19 horses running in today's race. the 139th running of the kentucky derby. interesting story lines are those that are potentially history-making story license. the first being the only female jockey in the race. rosy naprovnik riding my lou. she finished ninth and since then won several races collecting over $12 million in purses. odds makers see her as a potential favorite for the race. another great story line in the horse golden sense's jockey kevin krigger, the only african-american jockey. we haven't seen an african-american jockey win since 1902. fun names are frak daddy,
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charming kitten, take your pick. with rain conditions like today, the field is wide open for the 139th running of the kentucky derby. joe carter, cnn, louisville, kentucky. new evidence in the boston bombing investigation has been recovered from one suspect's home. a source says investigators have found explosive residue in the small apartment of tamerlan tsarnaev. the one he shared with his wife and young child in cambridge, massachusetts. the man who owns the funeral home where tsarnaev's body is being held has released details on the suspect's death. he says the death certificate shows tsarnaev died of gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to the head and torso. meantime finding a burial site for him is proving difficult. no cemetery has stepped forward to offer a grave site. the funeral homeowner who has the body of tsarnaev says if no burial ground is found he'll ask
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the government to find a grave. overseas in afghanistan, five u.s. troops are dead after a roadside bomb exploded. the blast happened in kandahar province in southern afghanistan. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. all right. now to pittsburgh where the fbi has joined an investigation into the death of an accomplished neurologist. dr. autumn klein was poisoned with cyanide. the district attorney's office says police are investigating the death as a possible homicide or suicide. nick valencia has more. >> reporter: the mystery began last month when dr. autumn klein, the popular chief of women's neurology at the university of pittsburgh medical center suddenly collapsed at home. three days later, klein was dead. toxic levels of cyanide found in her body. her family, friends and neighbors, shocked.
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>> we were stunned. >> reporter: authorities are concerned this is no accident. the medical examiner's office calling the death, quote, highly suspicious. klein was respected by peer and patients. now the fbi and police are conducting a criminal investigation into her death. authorities say the hospital where klein worked did have supplies of cyanide and she or someone she worked with could have had access to it. investigators executed a search warrant at the lab where klein's husband works. also at the university of pittsburgh. her husband called 911 after she collapsed. neither robert ferrante nor his attorney returned cnn's calls for comments. the medical examiner is testing levels of cyanide in klein's system but it is expected to be a few weeks before officials can can he remember the cause of death. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. >> firefighters battling a huge wildfire in california are getting a break today. the fire captain in ventura county says winds are dying down
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and the area may get rain tomorrow. strong winds whipped up the flames this week. families nearby evacuated. at least 15 homes have been damaged, but none have been destroyed. president obama is headed back home this hour from central america. he made a stop in mexico and attended an economic forum and summit in costa rica promising leaders there the u.s. would continue to help boost the region's security and economy. in syria, cnn was the first to report that israeli aircraft have bombed a shipment of missiles there. israel says the weapons were bound for the hezbollah militia in lebanon. the israeli strike comes as the obama administration is considering military options against syria. the president says he doesn't foresee american boots on the ground there. closing arguments in the jodi arias trial are over. the jury is expected to begin deliberations next week. so who are the people deciding
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jodi arias's fate? our casey wian finds out. >> reporter: the case is now in the hands of a jury. nearly all are white. all but one are middle aged in their 40s to 60s. during the trial three different jurors were kiss missed. one for a dui, one for misconduct and one because of illness. something unusual in this case has been under arizona law jurors are allowed to ask questions of witnesses and, boy, did they in this case. jurors submitted more than 200 questions to the judge to be asked of witnesses in the case. presiding over this we mentioned the judge, sherry stevens, is a former prosecutor in arizona, spent 21 years as a prosecutor. the last 12 years she's been a judge. her two previous assignments were in family court and juvenile court. now of course she's presiding
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over criminal cases. she has very high ratings by the state judicial performance review. nearly 100%. last year she was re-elected by more than 73% of the vote. now thanks to the fans of the aries case, watchers of the case, there is a facebook fan page in honor of judge stevens. fred? >> thanks, casey. sanjay gupta, m.d. is coming up at the bottom of the hour. what do you have? >> i will look at the anatomy of violence today. what goes on in the brain of someone like the accused bottom bombers? it's controversial stuff but biology does seem to play a bigger role than scientists thought, even recently. i will explain that. also alicia keys, beyond the music. why she's now fighting for people with hiv. that's coming up at 4:30 p.m. eastern. >> thanks, sanjay. all right. summer vacation is close. you can almost taste it. there are tons of kids begging
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all right. in satellite beach, florida, police say a man needed cash to pay for a disney cruise. so he allegedly robbed a local credit union. his girlfriend who sat in the car with her kids while it happened apparently had no idea. so the man told police it was a split second decision and a bad one at that. police had a description of him and his car and arrested him minutes later. speaking of disney, going to the famed theme park is a rite of passage. that ultimate family vacation can, of course, set you back a few bucks depending on where you stay, when you go and how far you have to fly to get there. a disney trip can cost more than
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$1,000 per person per week. travel & leisure features director talks about how to do disney without breaking the budget. >> reporter: if you're looking for great deals the first thing to do is go on the disneyworld website itself. you can get free park passes, discounted tickets or even affordable meal options. another place to go is mouse savers.com where they have a lot of coupon codes which i highly recommend. >> when is the best time to go to disney? >> the rule of thumb should be to avoid summer vacation. that's when the crowds will be there. you will be overwhelmed with long lines. i think definitely go end of august, september, january is a great time to go. a low season and a wonderful time. after all, it's not the crowds that are annoying. it's that you can't get on the rides your kids are dying to go on. another thing in that same vein is fast passes. a lot of rides offer them but
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they are often finished with them around 11:00. early bird catches the worm. you can get on a shorter line with a fast pass. >> is there ever anything free? >> there are lots of free things. the monorail ride is over epcot. take the ferry to the gates of the magic kingdom. there are lots of free opportunities. wherever you look, it is a matter of knowing where to look. we did a package on how to get the best of disney. you can find that information there. >> fantastic. thanks so much. let's go to disney! >> thanks so much. >> sign me up! for more information on planning your trip to disneyworld go to travelandleisure.com. lindsay lohan is back in rehab. we'll tell you how long she has to stay and hollywood actress reese witherspoon's arrest video. well, as you might have guessed it's gone viral. will her image be in need of
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rehab, a do-over? i'll talk to a crisis management expert next. this will be the 40 meg watt solar field. >> they told him he could never do it. >> it was a disruptive idea. >> he said, someone's got to bring solar energy to this place. i was like, please, not you. >> it will be a field with the best security in the world. we have two armies guarding it. >> israel's first solar field on "the next list". >> whatever he can envision he can figure out how to make it happen. >> it's so moving. >> if he can see it, he can do it. it's incredible. >> like a bulldog. he just put his teeth in something. and doesn't give it up.
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actress lindsay lohan entered rehab again. a judge ordered her to undergo 90 days of treatment after she violated probation in a reckless driving case in 2012. lohan checked in early friday but no one is saying where. the treatment program is an alternative to jail. now to the arrest video that's gone viral and caused a lot of embarrassment for actress reese witherspoon. the video shows her interfering with a georgia state patrol officer who pulled her husband over for alleged drunk driving. nichelle turner has more. >> reporter: hollywood golden girl reese witherspoon is accustomed to the spotlight. since her disorderly conduct
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arrest last month she's dodged public appearances. that is, until her public apology on "good morning, america" thursday. >> it was one of those nights. we went out to dinner in atlanta. had too many glasses of wine, thought we were fine to drive. we absolutely were not. it's just completely unacceptable. we are so sorry and embarrassed and we know better. >> ma'am, don't get out. >> reporter: police dashboard camera video chronicles the start from stop to finish. >> i don't understand. >> reporter: and everything in between. from her husband jim toth's public field sobriety test to witherspoon's infamous line? >> do you know my name? you're about to find out who i am. >> reporter: her contrite gma appearance came hours before dashboard video showing her arrest was released. >> i am a u.s. citizen. i am allowed to stand on american ground and ask any question i want.
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you better not arrest me. are you kidding me? i am an american citizen. >> i told you to get in the car and stay in there, didn't i. >> reporter: her husband tries to quiet her without success. >> reese, can you please calm down? >> i have to obey your orders? >> yes, you do. >> reporter: seemingly unable to deter the officer from taking her into custody witherspoon takes another approach. >> i'm now being arrested and handcuffs? do you know need to know my name? >> i don't need to know it. >> you're about to find out who i am. >> that's fine. i'm not real worried about it. >> reporter: perhaps that's what witherspoon meant by embarrassing. >> i have no idea what i was saying that night. i saw him arresting my husband and i literally panicked. i said all kinds of crazy things. >> reporter: adding. >> i was so disrespectful to him him. i have police officers in my family. i work with police officers every kaday.
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i know better. it's unacceptable. >> reporter: when asked what she learned, reese wrapped up the kaj control interview with humor. >> when a police officer tells you to stay in the car, stay in the car. i learned that for sure. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. >> it's never ending. she pled no contest to obstruction and justice and paid her fine but it lives on thanks to the tape. her husband james toth pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and got a year of probation. let's talk about this. a crisis management expert, eric desenhall. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> this is a nightmare. well, you know, you give me an idea. how well did she handle trying to clean up the big boo-boo? >> she couldn't have done better. there is bad news and good. the bad news is 500 years from now the video will be out there. the good news is nobody will
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care. basically because -- i think people differentiate between sins. we are not talking about phil specter here. we are talking about a decent person who was drunk, which is -- which falls short of murder. she's clearly mortified. her husband is clearly mortified. she did exactly the right thing. i have no doubt she'll get owe of it quite well. >> yeah. she's kind of the -- i don't know -- american darling, the girl next door image. when you see, i guess, the veil lifted, the real reese witherspoon and how she handles potential conflict by saying, do you know who i am, and i'm an american. i should be able to say and do as aplease, then it kind of offers a whole, i guess, nother picture. doesn't it? >> this is not just the real reese witherspoon. it's the real drunk reese witherspoon. i think when people
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fundamentally like you, and we see it in damage control all the time. if people like you, they will give you a break. they differentiate between abberant behavior and chronically bad behavior. this is not somebody who falls into that category. i think she's going to be cut a break. i think people look at things like this and they say, have i ever -- can i imagine myself being in a bad situation where i'm being stuffed into a police car? what would i do? i don't know even though many of us wouldn't handle it precisely the way she did, it's not a situation where we are all at our best if we ever had to confront that. >> i wonder, maybe if she were slurring or if she was convincingly drunk, seemingly drunk, you know, to the rest of -- you know, us, looking at the tape. then maybe people would be a little bit more forgiving, i guess. she doesn't sound drunk. she sounds coherent. she sounds deliberate about her words. i don't know if that matters or
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not. she did try to offer advice like in the gma interview by saying, hey, if the cop says stay in the car, stay in the car. >> what was telling is if you look at the video, her husband's reaction which wasser mo-- was mortification. >> he was mortified. >> when people look at the situation, they continue look at whether it is an orchestrated apology. they look for whether or not they believe the person was mortified. and my gut is they really do in this particular case. is this a strike against her? yes. does the video live on? yes. in the spectrum of damage control situations i put this on the low end in terms of being able to recover, this i think she will. >> i wonder. as soon as she's able to laugh about it with everybody else by appearing on something like "snl" and spoofing herself i think people in general are forgiving, too. >> you know, she's good at it.
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we look at are you dealing with paernlt good at self-deprecat n self-deprecation. i think she is. that's what "legally blond" was about. >> thanks so much. great advice. i know folks are hoping they never find themselves in that situation. >> the camera is always rolling. >> you're always on. >> thanks, eric. >> thank you. all right. raging wildfires have people on the run in southern california. hear why the weather today is proving crucial to firefighters. as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immediately triaged the situation, knew exactly what was wrong with it, the car was diagnosed properly, it was fixed correctly i have confidence knowing that if i take to ford it's going to be done correctly with the right parts and the right people. get a free brake inspection and brake pads installed for just 49.95 after rebates when you use the ford service credit card. did you tell him to say all of that? no, he's right though...
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out. the bear simply ran off into the woods. tomorrow i will find out what this experience was like for evan neilsen. he'll join me in the cnn newsroom at 2:30 eastern time. i know the insurance company has never seen damage like that. that will do it for me. newsroom continues at the top of the hour with don lemon. first, do bad brains lead to bad behavior? dr. sanjay gupta explores the anatomy of violence on sanjay gupta, md, which starts now. hey there. thanks for joining us. lots to get to today. starting off with a couple of people you know well but who are doing things that are going to surprise and inspire you. alicia keys will talk about her passion backhand yond tbeyond t music. you will see her in a new light. and jonny lee miller. you may know him from ser lock holmes. this weekend he's running a